“Lord … may those who love you rise like the sun in all its power!” (Judges 5:31, NLT)
Picture in your mind for a moment a sunrise. Sunrays bursting forth, beautiful color, incredible potential, hope for a new day. The sun, the source of unbelievable and, for all practical purposes, virtually unlimited power. The sun, the focus of our existence as the earth revolves around it. Without the sun, life as we know it would be non-existent. The sun is the source of light and power for our entire planetary system. Without the sun, we would be in complete darkness. Night and day are determined by the sunrise and sunset. The sun gives us illumination that scatters the darkness so we can see and observe by the natural eye the things that are hidden without its light. How confining life would be without its light. The rays of the sun provide warmth, light, and power. Without the sun, we would have no plant life or food to sustain us.
A little more than two thousand years ago, God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, appeared in this world and “broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality” (2 Timothy 1:10, NLT). This was a big deal. In fact, it is the most important event in history. Jesus, the Son of God, entered our world, bringing light and life and hope. The Son illumines for us the only way to God, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6, NLT). Without Jesus in our lives, we live in darkness, spiritual darkness.
Jesus came to bring us a new way of life. This new life includes his power working in and through us. We don’t need good deeds or self-sacrifice in order to make ourselves acceptable to God. Only Jesus can do that. It is because of his sacrifice on the cross that not only are we justified before God; we also have the gift of eternal life.
The sun provides a broad range of energy, including all the energy that is vital for life on earth. In order for the earth to receive its many benefits from the sun, scientific research has discovered that the relationship between the earth and the sun is critical. Not only is the earth positioned in just the right place to receive all the benefits of the sun without being destroyed by it, its precise position allows for correct gravitational pull between the two entities. The earth receives essential power because of its precise proximity to the sun.
Believers who have their hearts properly positioned in relationship to God are renewed and empowered daily by the Son. As we study God’s Word, we learn to trust Christ as he lives his life in us and through us by his Holy Spirit. Jesus, God’s Son, beams God’s power to us just as the sun beams its power to the earth. Paul wrote to the Colossians in the New Testament, “Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory” (Colossians 1:27, NLT). We are talking about real power here—God’s power given to us by his Son and through the Holy Spirit!
Just as the earth revolves around the sun, absorbing light and life, we receive light and spiritual life through the Son. This is true Son Power; the saving work of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, working in and through us. We will find our greatest joy and purpose and strength when we focus on the Son and follow him throughout our day.
In what ways are you currently allowing God to work in and through you?
Son Power is the saving work of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, working in and through you.